The Giver of Stars

By Jojo Moyes,

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"A great narrative about personal strength and really captures how books bring communities together." -Reese Witherspoon

From the author of The Last Letter from Your Lover, now a major motion picture on Netflix, a breathtaking…

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Why read it?

7 authors picked The Giver of Stars as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I love this book because it has everything, believable, engaging characters, a riveting plot, a vivid setting, and a cause. Larger-than-life Margery O’Hare and lady-like Alice are unlikely friends, but friends they become in this great story.

When I first saw photos of those "librarians on horseback," the wonderful women who responded to Eleanor Roosevelt’s call to take books to the rural poor of Kentucky in the depressed 1930s, I longed to know more. Jojo Moyes gives us lots more. There’s an array of well-drawn characters, but it’s Margery and Alice who drive the story forward, defying the odds to…

From Julia's list on improbable friendships.

In these times of discouraging headlines, this book brings refreshment, full of hope in the face of obstacles.

Readers get a deep dive into the culture of rural Kentucky during the Depression, where even the support of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt couldn’t promise success to a program of women delivering library books to an isolated population. Enemies opposed to a more literate community emerged from within, endangering the traveling librarians and creating the central conflict that kept me turning pages.

In addition to a plot with many twists, I loved the well-developed characters portrayed with humanity and complexity. The problematic…

For an avid reader and writer, what’s not to like about a book about traveling librarians?

I loved the resilient, resourceful, and courageous characters and how they solved their problems with grace and ingenuity, not to mention outright bravery. Based on true events during the Depression in Appalachia, the story brings to life the proud, hardscrabble mountain dwellers and their children with sympathy and understanding.

The traveling librarians, who are the main characters, saved their lives in so many ways, battling ignorance and provincialism.

This was truly an inspiring book.

What You Do To Me: A Novel

By Rochelle B. Weinstein,

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Rochelle B. Weinstein Author Of When We Let Go

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Why am I passionate about this?

Not only am I the author of seven women’s fiction novels, I’m a voracious reader who believes she was raised by Judy Blume and Sidney Sheldon. In our broken home, reading was an escape, a salve for the wound, a place where I felt heard and understood. My novels touch on deep emotions—real and relatable. If I don’t capture that feeling when I’m reading through my drafts, I dig deeper. And that’s the thing about a great book, that gut punch, that slide under my skin, I get you. There’s no better read than the one that pulls the heartstrings and gives you all the feels.    

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What is my book about?

What You Do To Me follows Rolling Stone reporter Cecilia James on the hunt to find the muse behind a famous love song, all while managing an estranged relationship with her father and boyfriend Pete.

Inspired by Hey There Deliah, the dual timeline stretches across the sunny beaches of 1970s Miami with star-crossed lovers Eddie and Sara, to the glittery music industry of 1990s LA. For music lovers and fans of that first, unforgettable love, What You Do To Me is the story of a love song with equal parts heart and harmony.

What You Do To Me: A Novel

By Rochelle B. Weinstein,

What is this book about?

From the bestselling author of This Is Not How It Ends comes a moving novel of two unfinished love stories and the music and lyrics that bring them together.

Journalist Cecilia James is a sucker for a love song. So when she stumbles across a clue to the identity of the muse for one of rock’s greatest, she devotes herself to uncovering the truth, even as her own relationship is falling apart.

While writing an article for Rolling Stone, Cecilia works to reveal the mystery that has intrigued fans and discovers a classic tale of two soulmates separated by fate and circumstance. Rock…

This is a delightfully easy-on-the-heart book about a small group of women in depression-era Kentucky who deliver library books on packhorses to the backward and sometimes unfriendly residents of a small mining community.

The bonds they make as women, living just outside the bounds of what society wants from them, illuminate the unfairness of what their town has imposed: a young British bride who is disillusioned when her new mining-baron’s-son husband won’t make love to her and finds her attempts at intimacy detestable; a feisty woman who’s in love with a good man, but won’t marry for fear of losing…

Have you ever read a book and thought, I want to be that woman?

I want her courage, her strength, her grit. I promise you that you will feel that way about Margery. A gun-toting Kentucky native, Margery is part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s traveling library “the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.”

The Giver of Stars follows Margery and Alice—the book’s main character and immigrant from England—along with the other librarians as they not only change the locals’ lives with their book deliveries, but also take on the mining company’s attempt at using dirty methods to acquire more land.

There’s also a…

This story, set in Depression-era Appalachia, depicts the brave women who brought literacy to rural America despite the many natural and human-caused obstacles thrown in their paths. As with a lot of good historical fiction, the strength of The Giver of Stars lies largely on its educational component. I, like many readers, had never heard of the Pack Horse Library Initiative in that period of time, and I found it fascinating. The other key reason I recommend this book is that it, like my novel, emphasizes how critically important friendship can be, especially when women are physically or psychologically threatened…

Books about strong women—and weak women who learn to be strong—have always interested me, so when I heard about this novel based on actual packhorse librarians in Depression Era America, I had to learn about this unusual place in time. Anyone who’s ever had to move to an unfamiliar place will relate to Alice and her challenges of fitting in with people so different from those she’s known. Filled with vivid scenic details, troubled romance, evolving friendships, and ever-lurking danger, this story gave me all of the ”feels” and left me smiling.

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